Disgraced celebrities have popularized the term “sex addict” in recent years.  Like other addictions, sexual addiction is characterized by obsession, loss of self-control, and direct, negative life consequences; but because sex addiction has not been officially named a disorder, misdiagnosis may often occur.  Sexual addiction should not be confused with the following: non-traditional sexual orientation, simultaneous sex/drug abuse, recurrent  urges or fantasies, mania, or sexual offending. It is paramount that therapists identify and treat this addiction correctly, hopefully with the future corroboration of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Therapists should assert that, sex addict or not, the hurt caused is squarely that individual’s responsibility.

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